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JaxDad

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Posted: 08/05/21 05:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wa8yxm wrote:

True story. There used to be a fuel company who advertised "You can trust...."(Description of their company shirt).

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One of their stations got caught topping off their tanks.... with a garden hose.


Unfortunately the modern version of that story is topping off the tanks with ethanol.

Google how much corn liquor the US produces now versus a couple of years ago.

Guess where all that extra production is going?

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In my vodka bottle?

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Note that using starting fluid in a Cummins engine can result in a very bad day involving the fire department, ambulance etc. There's a heater in the intake.


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Ethanol gasoline is hardly relevent to the diesel topic however. Alcohol added to diesel is however.


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Ya re starting fluid, I won't be using it. This RV place that sold this thing said that you can use it sometimes but the same idiots who didn't go through this and have left me completely stranded the entire trip basically.

Drifting off topic slightly but I was wondering how these engines start without glow plugs or something like that maybe it's the heater in the intake? At what temperature do you have to plug the thing in or preheat it in some way before you start it? With glow plugs or whatever D
Ram now has in their 6.7 I have no problem starting it in freezing weather.
But wondering how this ISX15 starts in cold weather if you're not somewhere where you can plug it in (besides plugging it in with an extension cord and running the generator but then how does the generator start in cold weather does that have glow plugs I don't know that either LOL that one is an Onan 12.5 KW which is basically cummins right).

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The heater turns itself on, nothing to plug in. Used instead of glow plugs.

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The 12V grid heater which heats the intake air is automatic. The 120V block heater is manual and can take many hours to warm a engine and mine does plug in while some can be activated for the cab.

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CA Traveler wrote:

The 12V grid heater which heats the intake air is automatic. The 120V block heater is manual and can take many hours to warm a engine and mine does plug in while some can be activated for the cab.


Yup, two unrelated items.


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